I was looking through my old Nintendo power magazine's when I came
across one from January 1991. I took a look inside at the player's pulse
and I saw Steve "Mr. T" Wozniak from Los Gatos, CA wrote a letter. I read
it over and you got some pretty impassive scores. You said you got a high
score on the Concorde between London and New York...I thought you weren't
suppose to use electronic devices on a planes because of interference?
There is also a picture of you in here. Can I have permission to scan
in the article and put it up on the web? By the way my line record is
I was listed with high Tetris scores many times in Nintendo Power magazine.
I also sent letters showing how I'd given GameBoys to Gorbachev and Bush.
The latter was seen playing one shortly thereafter on TV in a hospital
after a heart problem. It got to the point that Nintendo Power wouldn't
list my name again so I sent in a score photo and used the name "Evets
Kainzow" which is both my names backwards. When I got the next issue and
flipped to see if anyone had beaten my high score, I saw this name but
forgot having sent it in. I was worried that someone was close to me.
I noticed that he had a foreign sounding name and that he lived in Saratoga,
the next city over. Then I realized that it was my own trick. [RE Permission:
Usually the magazine owns rights to photos lke that]
Thank You for Apple Computer he subject says it all, thank you for
creating Apple Computer. I just can't thank you enough, I hope that you
can thank Steve jobs as well. But you know, doubt that will happen. Without
Apple Computer I honestly think that the world could have been 1984. Apple
is revolutionary and true to it's goal, Thinking Different. Thanks Again.
I'm glad that you're so happy with the world today. I'm glad that Steve
and I helped take it in some good directions for normal people too. I
would think that if you wrote to Steve at Apple (you may have to call
them to find out which email to use) he'd at least hear of it as a positive
note. You might be surprised and get a reply too.
Dear Steve. Some years ago I talked to your mother and she said that
on her side your heritage was German. However your name is Ukrainian and
I wonder if you could confirm this. I want to add you to an article I
am writing called the Ukrainian Hall of Fame which includes Korolev (first
ICBM, sent Sputnik into space, Sikorsky father of Helicopter, Holonyak
inventor of the LED, Andy Warhol pop artist Jack Palance actor, Peter
Tchaikovsky composer etc. Ukraine built first computer in Europe.
The name Wozniak (or similar) is acknowledged to me often as being common
in Poland and the Balkans. My mother's family came from Germany. My father's
family came from Poland. I think this is accurate. Either family might
have come from the other country, or near the border.
I experience strong feelings when visiting Poland. I sort of wish that
I were Ukranian or nearby. Those people seem the most like Americans,
like myself, out of all Europeans. I do have to confess that some emergency
clothing that I had to buy in Poland fit me to a 'T'.
Hi, recently I have liked Macs more than ever, I have changed my platform,
and now I have a PowerMac G4, I have been looking at some Mac sites and
the web site www.apple-history.com is
a very good resource, I was looking at that site and it mentioned that
Steve Jobs only makes $1.00/year - do you think this is true?
Steve was recently given a $40M plane and abut $1B in stock options by
the company. He deserves a large compensation but this large of one dilutes
people's good impressions of Steve. Nobody really believed that he'd wind
up with $1 per year anyway.
Mr. Wozniak I am currently 13 years old. I saw the movie of Pirates
of Silicon Valley. I thought it was very interesting. I am also currently
reading the book fire in the valley the book in which the movie was based
on. I personally am amazed about how 4 people jobs, you, gates, Allen
changed the world forever! I am seeing how IBM was like god. But some
how it was managed to be beaten despite it's size. Like all those companies
today. You men did this by thinking of the ideas for computers for regular
people. You appealed to a new market. I believe I have found what is important
in my life and what I want to do despite my age. I would like to work
in the field of computers and the "business" of it. But like you guys
were I feel overwhelmed by the shear size of what I am going to need to
overcome. I want to change the way people think and work with computers.
But when I take a step back. Ooops. To late, buddy! The revolution has
started without you. Your too late. Someone has already dove what you
want to do! Now I sit here and am thinking about the future. I asked many
people about what I just asked you. They do not quite seem to understand
as well as I want them too. So I will ask the best. I person who has been
there and done that. Now I know you receive over 200 e-mails a day. Written
by people who deserve a response just as much as me. But I ask you to
seriously think about what you reply with. Because it is very very important
to me. I want to know what is this I am thinking. Has this ever happened
to you? How do I overcome it? Can I? I it true there is no more room for
the great innovation from the step to bringing computers to regular people?
I never once had this sort of problem. I never thought about ways to change
the world or do great things or become famous or make a lot of money.
I just did what I loved and what I was good at as well as anyone could.
I didn't even think that I'd work in computers when I went to college,
it's true. I figured that I'd be a normal engineer of the earlier type.
There are always new things that become hot and valuable. Just don't choose
to do something for the wrong reasons and wind up not having fun.
Hi! My name is Dan and I'm from Vermont. I'm 11 years old. You're my
idol. Nice website! My friends and I made our own blue box, and you just
hold it up to the mike on the phone! I've been running a software company
for a while, and we're partnering with another "kid-run" company to make
our own computer! We're going to use the Linux kernal. What are you doing
these days? How did you make your first computer? I'd be interested to
know. Thanks for your time, mister Woz.
There's no safe place to use a blue box. The greatest safety you have
is your young age - you'll be treated less like criminals and can probably
clean up your record after you get caught. If you don't get caught it's
only because the local phone company doesn't care.
Here's an idea: only use the blue box to show off things but not to make
calls of your own that you'd pay for. It's hard to say that if you make
local calls on a blue box you are even depriving anyone of anything, since
the phone lines would have been in use anyway from your home for this
Sounds like you're on a good track with computers.
These days I'm mostly answering email.
I live in Sydney, & we have a museum here called the "Museum of Applied
Arts & Sciences", a.k.a. the Powerhouse. They have an excellent display
of early PCs, e.g. Altair, etc. And, they have an Apple that the display
claims is "the" first Apple, as built by you. I find it a little surprising
that it's here, of all places. It says "on loan from Apple". It could
be one of the other original builds though. Have you heard about this?
Anyway thanks again, and best wishes to you & your family, & keep up your
I had one handwired Apple I and one handwired Apple ][. I lost one of
them but I never gave it to Apple or anyone else.